Can iPhone be used with some kind of mouse?

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  1. galaksy macrumors 6502

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    One cannot use the iPhone for a long period without lying down. This is because you have to bend your neck, unless you hold your iPhone close to your face, which would mean that your arms are going to hurt soon.

    For it to be ergonomical, you would have to have it eye level by putting it on a top of stacked books and then control it by the mouse (reaching all the way to the screen constantly would be to cumbersome) and bluetooth keyboard.

    Does anyone know if a pointer could be implemented to the iOS so that a mouse can be used with it?
     
  2. MacCubed macrumors 68000

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    Nope

    You can't as of now but in the future with iOS 8 coming out, it might be possible.
     
  3. galaksy thread starter macrumors 6502

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  4. MacCubed macrumors 68000

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    Wwdc

    Today (June, 2) at 1 pm eastern time, Apple's WWDC will start and end 5 days later. The announcement of iOS 8 will be sometime in that period of time and it should be released in the fall.
     
  5. HRPufnstuf macrumors member

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    iOS 8 is not going to have mouse support for the iPhone or even the iPad for that matter. The devices are not intended for this use. If you need a mouse get a laptop or desktop.
     
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    True, but it could be a possibility. You never know.
     
  7. Apple blogger macrumors 6502a

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    I've seen android devices connected to a mouse... Has anyone tried it with ios devices?
     
  8. Menel macrumors 603

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    You are using it wrong.

    Get a desktop.
     
  9. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    It can be done, but it requires jailbreaking.
     
  10. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    Quite - I personally don't think there would be much benefit to having a mouse on the small screen, especially when most use cases are not on a flat surface; more like on buses, out and about. etc.

    It is true, JBing could help I'm sure, however I don't know why you'd want to..
     
  11. cynics macrumors G4

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    Android offers USB hosting so plugging in a mouse will bring a curser up on the screen or plugging in a game controller like a PS3 controller will work with games.

    iOS does not support this natively so it won't work. Do not expect iOS 8 to support this either. If iOS was ever going to support it it would have been done years ago.
     
  12. Arran macrumors 601

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    Well you could always just sit up! :)

    But if this is an accessibility issue (maybe for someone who can't sit?) then there are various accessibility options under settings. Maybe something there would work for your use case?
     
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    Indeed, it requires a jailbreak but it is possible.
     
  14. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    Here's your iphone
     

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  15. berthaconners macrumors member

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    I'm not sure what you are trying to do that requires hours of non-stop use with an iphone. But if you are using any apple thing for that long, I am willing to say you need to buy an actual computer. I have an iMac, and it is simply wonderful. Consider it.
     
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  17. galaksy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    But the iMac does not have the high pixel density that the iPhone has.

    And since I already have the iPhone. You would have to buy an iMac.

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    I can sit up and have the iPhone at eye level but then each time I need to move the cursor or navigate, I would have to lift my arms, which would be annoying, as if I had a mouse the movement would be minimal and I would not have to life my arms each time I wanted to tap on something.
     
  18. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    Try the rMBP then.
     
  19. galaksy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I would like to give some more thought on whether I want a rMBP or not
     
  20. Arran macrumors 601

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    Well, you could put a huge 50" screen with an Apple TV on the wall. Mirror the iPad's screen on your TV.

    Leave the iPad lying horizontally, with your hand lightly resting on it to manipulate the UI. Watch everything on the TV. No arm lift needed.

    Workable?
     
  21. galaksy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I would have to constantly look down to see if I'm tapping on the right spots
     
  22. HRPufnstuf macrumors member

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    Sounds to me like you need to get a different product then.
     
  23. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    I do not mean this to come off as rude or smart a-ed...

    Do you have some sort of physical condition that makes it so hard to use an iPhone or iPad as is?
     
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  25. Arran macrumors 601

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    Maybe you could hire someone to manipulate the UI for you?

    That said, it's tricky having to tell them what to do all the time. It bugs me, that's for sure.
     

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